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4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Director Patrick Hughes thinks the US remake of The Raid is really interesting

The upcoming remake of The Raid may be kind of unnecessary, but it's happening anyway, and now director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) has let loose a few details about his next project. "We have a really, ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer


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10:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Scarface remake in the works, Tony is now Mexican

Growing up, my dad brought me to quite a few Lowrider car shows. They're different from your average car show because they're certainly skewed toward a certain demographic. And that demographic loved themselves some Scarface....

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 03.24.2014

The Grudge getting rebooted, new franchise to come

Ju-On: The Grudge was a Japanese horror film in 2002 that hit it off so big, an American version was made (dubbed The Grudge, and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar) only two years later. A quick turn around during a time Hollywoo...

Nick Valdez

First teaser for the Peanuts movie looks astounding photo
First teaser for the Peanuts movie looks astounding
by Nick Valdez

When news first broke of a CG take of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang, I was hesitant toward the idea. We've been groomed to automatically dislike animated reboots because the majority of the ones we've had have been lackluster and failed to reach the greatness of the original properties. But we have no reason to worry here.

Since the film's not releasing until 2015, this brief teaser shown during Good Morning America doesn't show much, but it looks fabulous. Just look at that animation! The new movie is said to be respectful toward the original comic (going so far as to use Bill Melendez's voiceover work for Snoopy and Woodstock), so I honestly can't wait.

Peanuts hits theaters November 6th, 2015. 

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First trailer for Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx photo
First trailer for Annie, starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx
by Nick Valdez

When I had first heard about the upcoming Annie remake, Jay Z was producing the score and it was being set up as a vehicle for Willow Smith. Now that it has evolved into a starring role for Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx (as Benjamin Stacks), I'm not really sure how to react. The music sounds about right (as the songs are directly translated with a mix of new age flair), Wallis is precocious, and the story has a changed a little bit. But watching Cameron Diaz fail to ham it up really bugs me. It's enough to turn me off the whole thing completely. 

Since my mom's the big expert on Annie (the Carol Burnett version is in her Top 3 altogether), I showed her this trailer. Here's what she thought: 

[laughs] I need to see it. It looks fun. But why do they have to mess with my movie? 

There we go. Annie hits theaters Christmas Day. 

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11:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Point Break remake lands Luke Bracey

Point Break is being pointlessly remade soon, and we already know that Gerard Butler will be taking over the role of Bodhi that Patrick Swayze previously tackled. That left Keuanu Reeves's role of Johnny Utah (god, were ...

Matthew Razak

What is your favorite movie remake? photo
What is your favorite movie remake?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In honor of the Robocop remake that I still haven't seen yet but is apparently pretty good, this week, members of the Flixist staff took to their cameras to talk about their favorite remakes. (Spoiler: nobody said Robocop.)

Once you've heard our thoughts, let us know yours in the comments below, and then go to our YouTube channel and subscribe, then like every video we've ever done and flood your friends with Flixist content. They'll be so overwhelmed they'll have no choice but to fall in love with us like you probably haven't (but should).

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Review: Robocop photo
Review: Robocop
by Matthew Razak

I have a great fear, dear reader. A great fear that the new RoboCop film will become the next Dredd. I fear that it's a great action movie that's coming out in the doldrums of the movie season without a big enough marketing push and with a character that not enough people care about even though they should. A movie that deserves sequels, but won't get them because it doesn't make enough at the box office. 

I have this fear so I'm putting this here so you don't even have to read very far to see it: Go see RoboCop. It deserves your money. 

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10:00 AM on 01.17.2014

Universal announces another Grinch remake

God has forsaken us. The people behind the horrendous Lorax remake (Which Flixist's own Matthew Razak liked, but what does he know) are making a new film based on Dr. Seuss' classic holiday children's book. Whose idea was thi...

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 01.10.2014

Point Break remake nabs Gerard Butler

According to a report from Heat Vision, Gerard Butler is in "final negotiations" to join the cast of the upcoming Point Break remake. Butler will be playing the role of criminal / extreme sports athlete Bodhi, formerly p...

Mike Cosimano

First trailer for Kite live-action adaptation blows minds photo
First trailer for Kite live-action adaptation blows minds
by Michael Jordan

In a move that has blown my mind, cult classic anime, Kite, is on its way to the big screen via live action. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, subbing for Akai's character, and India Eisley as Sawa. Not only known for its hyper violence, the anime was controversial due to its large focus on child rape and graphic sex, and the initial worldwide release was heavily edited.

As for the trailer: Hollywood, your care free, YOLO lifestyle has made me very sad indeed; this trailer basically giving away the entire movie. While it is an interesting concept lets hope they don't try to make Kite 's spiritual sequel Mezzo Forte into a live action movie.

Directed by South African Director Ralph Ziman, Kite should be released sometime in 2014.

[via Kotaku]

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7:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Josh Gad to star in 'Gilligan's Island' movie

Yes, it's true. Warner Bros.' is finally giving us what we've all been begging for-- a Gilligan's Island silver screen premier. The original Gilligan's Island, a 1960's sitcom, centered around the misadventures of s...

Isabelle Magliari

5:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Road House is ...sigh... getting a remake

This is only going to get worse so if the idea of a Road House remake already has you pulling out your hair in anger then just stop reading. MGM will indeed be remaking the Patrick Swayze starring Road House, thus confir...

Matthew Razak

3:15 PM on 11.07.2013

New Oldboy trailer comes complete with images

We have another Oldboy remake trailer here and its not showing us too much new, but it's green band so it has way less blood. While Alec is most likely correct in thinking the film is almost totally pointless I can't he...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Pet Sematary gets a remake with 28 Weeks Later director

As someone who enjoys the occasional horror film, I don't love seeing original concepts run through the ground over and over again. Sure that's what most of the genre is built on, but I do avoid lots of unnecessary sequels an...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 10.28.2013

Clive Barker working on a Hellraiser remake

Hellraiser is quite an interesting franchise. I don't want to necessarily label it as the most "niche" of the horror monster genre, but its overt S&M themes make it one of the few franchises that both stands out, yet stic...

Nick Valdez

Review: Carrie photo
Review: Carrie
by Matthew Razak

Another year month, another horror remake. This time it's Carrie, a film with so much iconography from the Brain De Palma original that you have to at least applaud the audacity of attempting a remake. There is hope, however, because the cast includes Julianne Moore and Chloë Grace Moretz, with Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) helming the film. There's definitely talent here.

Is the talent enough to give the film its own take on the story, though? That's really the question. After all, a remake can only truly succeed if it becomes it's own thing. This is especially true for a film that spends most of its time building to one scene like Carrie does. It must make its story its own or else you're just sitting around waiting for the inevitable blood bath to happen.

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NYCC Interview: The screenwriter and stars of Oldboy photo
NYCC Interview: The screenwriter and stars of Oldboy
by Hubert Vigilla

Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Oldboy has drawn many strong opinions from our staff. While it's one of our most anticipated films of the holiday season, it's also a movie that makes us question how a remake can negatively affect the original. Screenwriter Mark Protosevich understands why this is.

"I know there are fundamentalists out there who feel that the original movie should never have been remade," he said during the New York Comic Con last weekend. "I respect their feelings and there's probably nothing I can say to change that." At the same time, Protosevich hopes people go in with an open mind given the history of good-to-great remakes. "I'm glad David Cronenberg remade The Fly, you know?" he said. "There's a Japanese version of Unforgiven -- I'm curious about that!"

Protosevich was in attendance at the NYCC to promote the film along with co-stars Pom Klementieff and Michael Imperioli. Near the beginning of the panel, Josh Brolin provided a video introduction to a pseudo-trailer. In his hand was a cardboard hammer. Whether you're looking forward to it or simply loathe it out of principle, there'll be a lot to discuss when Oldboy comes out on November 27th.

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12:00 PM on 09.13.2013

First RoboCop poster looks Dredd-ful

Remember when the first trailer for the RoboCop remake came out and I thought it looked like Dredd? Well the first official poster for the film isn't really helping matters much. It's the "all black" look of the new RoboCop t...

Nick Valdez

Identity and Humanity: Robocop remake trailer analysis photo
Identity and Humanity: Robocop remake trailer analysis
by Maxwell Roahrig

The day has finally come: the first trailer for the Robocop remake has debuted. Predictably, I dropped the bean burrito that was in my grubby mitts and watched the trailer two or three times. As Flixist's Senior Robocopologist, I feel like it is my duty to you, the reader, to offer some insight and commentary.

Whatever, you just came here to see me glub about RoboCop. Let's get started, shall we?

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First trailer for RoboCop remake has cops and robots photo
First trailer for RoboCop remake has cops and robots
by Nick Valdez

Ever since the first set photos of the new RoboCop's armor leaked onto the Internet, Flixist has been in a state of somewhat worry. Max thought the armor looked okay, but most of us were a little taken aback by the sleeker look. Then fishy sounding things began happening: the delay to February 2014, the multiple casting switches, the supposed script leak, and of course, the PG-13 rating

Well now that the first trailer is here, how is it? It's...okay. It's not bad, but not great either. As of now, the whole thing screams "average." I hope future trailers can change that since we have a good amount of time before it hits. RoboCop takes no prisoners (technically he could) February 7th next year. 

[images via LA Times]

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Review: Passion photo
Review: Passion
by Hubert Vigilla

In four decades of filmmaking, Brian De Palma has made some good movies (e.g., Carrie, Carlito's Way, Blow Out) and some stinkers (e.g., The Bonfire of the VanitiesMission to Mars). Passion looked like a potential return to form. It's brimming with sex and style, with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as the two sultry leads. The plot about business double crosses and barely restrained lesbianism sounded intriguing. (They had me at lesbianism.)

But Passion falls into the stinker category. Deep into that category. It leapt off the diving board, missed the pool, and wound up in the middle of the bleachers. But even while it hurtled wildly off mark, Passion still did its routine with absolute seriousness, twirling, turning, twisting the entire time.

Passion is heroically bad, to the point of farce -- a successful work of unintentional stone-faced self-parody. It's so bad that it almost becomes good again as a kitsch masterpiece. Almost.

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2012 New York Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of the film.]

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